Your friendly guides will meet you at customs when you arrive from the Mainland to start your amazing Galapagos adventure.
This inlet can be found in Santa Cruz's northern region. It is enclosed by mangroves, and only accessible by a dinghy. This cove provides a safe refuge for young marine life, including Rays, sea turtles, and Black-tip & white-tip reef sharks.
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, is a steep and rocky path that leads to a high cliff-face. From here, you can enjoy a stunning view. You will also find palo santo plants, Doves, Storm Petrels and Galapagos swallows at this location.
The white sand coral beach is the beginning of a half-mile trail that winds through Mangroves full of land birds such as Nazca and Red-footed Bobies, swallow-tailed Gulls, and many more. Further along the path, you will find tidal swimming pools where sea-lions playfully. The end of the path offers a stunning view from a cliff.
Coral beach landings lead you to a lava field that stretches as far as the eye can view. For signs of plant life, hunt and peck the two types of lava pahoehoe or "a'a", which have emerged over the past 100 year since the last volcanic eruption. It's a truly incredible volcanic experience...up close!
Rabida Island (Jervis), one of the archipelago's most beautiful and volcanically diverse islands, is a wonderful snorkeling spot. The island's famed maroon sandy beaches and spectacular lookouts offer stunning landscapes. It is a paradise for birdwatchers. There are nine species of finches, large-billed flycatchers and Galapagos Hawks that are rare, as well as brown pelicans and Galapagos hawks.
Turtles are found at the Charles Darwin Research Station. They range in length from 3 inches (new hatchlings), to 4 feet (older adults). Many turtle subspecies interact and are used to people stretching their heads for photos. They are kept until the babies reach about four years of age and are strong enough to live on their own.
After your morning excursion, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to the mainland.